A suburban Boynton Beach man was arrested Monday after deputies said DNA evidence connected him to three burglaries in a Boynton mobile home park while Florida was under a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma last September.
Derek Joseph Dallesandro, 30, is facing three counts of grand theft during a state of emergency and three counts of burglary during a state of emergency. He was denied bond on Tuesday and is currently being held at the Palm Beach County Jail.
According to a report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, between Sept. 8 and Sept. 11 last year, eight homes were broken into in the Sand & Sea Village Mobile Home Park off of Gateway Boulevard in suburban Boynton Beach. This was while many of the homes were evacuated ahead of Hurricane Irma, the report said.
At three of the burglarized homes, blood from the burglar was found, deputies said.
In February, a DNA analysis of the blood found at the scenes came back as a match for Dallesandro, the report said.
Dallesandro told deputies that he worked for somebody who lived in the Sand and Sea neighborhood and that he knew many of the houses were evacuated ahead of the hurricane, but claimed he had nothing to do with the burglaries.
After Hurricane Irma hit, there were other arrests made in Palm Beach County:
- A Lake Park man was accused of stealing thousands of dollars in electronics from a Wal-Mart during Hurricane Irma, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records state. Artis Frazier, 25, was arrested Sept. 20 on grand theft, stolen property and marijuana charges. He was accused of taking between $20,000 and $100,000 worth of electronics from the Lake Park Wal-Mart Supercenter on North Congress Avenue during Irma.
- A man tried to cash the lottery tickets he reportedly stole Sept. 10 during the storm, according to PBSO. A day after the alleged theft, the man showed up at the Publix Super Market on South Military Trail north of Summit Boulevard to cash the stolen lottery tickets, the sheriff’s office said.